Who We Are

Our Mission

The Mission of Warrensburg Main Street, Inc. is to promote, improve, and preserve the unique character and economic vitality of downtown Warrensburg while embracing our growing community.

Our Vision

The Vision of Warrensburg Main Street, Inc. is the continued economic growth and betterment of our historic downtown and community.

Our History

In the late 1970’s a group of visionary business and civic leaders came together to revitalize the heart of their community, Downtown Warrensburg. In 1994, Warrensburg Main Street became a nationally-recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Downtown Warrensburg.

Warrensburg Main Street is now one of seven accredited Main Street’s in the State of Missouri and works closely with the Missouri Main Street Connection Inc. We follow the Four-Point Approach and are recognized by the National Historic Preservation of Trust.

Warrensburg Main Street hosts over 75 days of community events in Downtown Warrensburg which brings hundreds of thousands of people each year to our growing Downtown. Downtown homes over 70 locally-owned businesses and continues to revitalize it’s historic district yearly.

Meet Our Team

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Jill Purvis
Executive Director
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Jamie DeBacker
Assistant Director
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Monica Mitcheltree
Farmers' Market Manager
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Iliana Lohraff
Events Coordinator
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Jill Purvis

Executive Director

Jill is originally from Branson, Missouri and grew up the daughter of a small town business owner which gave her a passion for the community and all things local. Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma but upon graduating, Jill decided to stay home and raise her children. Jill has lived in Warrensburg on and off for the past 26 years as the spouse of an Air Force pilot. During the second time Jill and her husband were stationed at Whiteman AFB she spent her time raising her three kids and volunteering in her church and at her children’s school. Jill previously served as the Warrensburg Main Street Events Coordinator after moving back from Dublin, Ireland in 2012 for their third assignment at Whiteman AFB. During the 4 years Jill was at Main Street she gained valuable experience seeing the foundation of Burg Fest and the Summer Concert Series.  Jill is excited to be back in Warrensburg and thrilled to take the lead in the Executive Director role and continue supporting Downtown Warrensburg.

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Jamie DeBacker

Assistant Director

Jamie was born and raised in Warrensburg, Missouri. Being the daughter of a downtown business owner, she is familiar with the importance to support locally. She watched her mother grow into a successful business woman which later inspired Jamie to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
Jamie attended the University of Central Missouri and graduated with her BSBA, in 2016. Throughout her college experience she focused her time working with her sorority, admissions and homecoming committee where her passion for planning evolved.
After Jamie graduated, she made a move to the Saint Louis area to complete a wedding internship where she loved the hands on experience and learned many new skills important to event planning. After completing her internship, she decided she wanted to be closer to her hometown and direct her passion towards helping others, rather than the extravagant design side of wedding planning. Jamie is excited to help her hometown grow and provide opportunities for many of the people who shaped her.

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Monica Mitcheltree

Farmers' Market Manager

Monica was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Monica started her adventure of helping others by joining the United States Air Force as a Security Forces Member after graduating Archbishop Chappelle High School. While stationed at Wright Patterson AFB, OH, she met her husband and together discovered a passion for helping others. Monica is a keen supporter of military-affiliated non-profit organizations and helped organize various installation and community events. Shortly after separating from the service, she moved with her family to Vandenberg AFB California. Her passion for volunteering with the community did not fade as she served on multiple PTA/PTO board positions and as a Key Spouse to her husband’s Squadron. Her family continued to move, and the next stop was Fort Bliss, Texas. She served as the Girl Scout Service Unit Manager for the base, Troop Leader, and assisted when she could with her children’s schools. Finally, Monica and her family have joined the Whiteman AFB community and continue to volunteer as a Key Spouse to her husband’s Squadron all while pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Digital Photography. In 2019, her daughter joined our market as a vendor and continues to be a part of the market. Monica is ecstatic about helping the Warrensburg community and is looking forward to doing so as the Market Manager.

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Iliana Lohraff

Events Coordinator

Iliana is from Kansas City, Missouri, more specifically, Raytown, MO. She moved to Warrensburg 4 years ago to begin her collegiate career at the University of Central Missouri. She has earned her B.S. in Child and Family Development this past summer but has a knack for planning events. During her collegiate career, she worked at Warrensburg Adventure Club and loves seeing her kiddo’s faces around town! She has met many families and has decided to stay in town post-college and continue loving that small-town life. She appreciates the sense of community that culminates in Warrensburg.

Iliana is also a proud small business owner! She loves the wedding industry and has decided to jump in by creating bouquets out of wood flowers. She is also a wife to the love of her life and a proud dog mom to a cute, curly, and spotted dog named Lola.

During her free time, you can probably find her working on wood flower bouquets, taking a stroll through the Warrensburg Walmart, or at a park nearby. She hopes to continue to cultivate the sense of community and reach some of the populations that are not tapped to the full potential!

Board Of Directors

The Warrensburg Main Street Board of Directors meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 4:30 pm in the Warrensburg Main Street offices.

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Teena Simon
President

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Mike Carey
Vice President

Carey & Wiseman, LLC

Gina Carlyle
Treasurer

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Heather Harrison
Secretary

Quarry City Savings & Loan

Amie Nabiyev

360 Media

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Riley Barry

UCM Graduate Student

Carly Joyner

Shelter Insurance

Jennifer Debacker
Jennifer DeBacker

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Caitlyn Harrison

UCM Alum/Wellington

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Wade Meyer

Meyer's Market/USAF

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Max Ridenhour

PCMR

Karolyn Dreiling
Ex-Officio

UCM Representative

Jeff Reynolds
Ex-Officio

Police Department

Danielle Dulin
Ex-Officio

City Councilman

Advisory Board

Rex Smarr

Mike Keith Insurance

Michelle Merker

R&R Advertising

Kevin Smarr

American Family Insurance

Sarah Craig

UCM Employee

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Katie Scully

Downtown Property Owner

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Terry Farmer

Downtown Business Owner

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Nancy Kenepp

First Mainstreet Director

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Rhonda Gelbach

Gelbach Properties

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Jason Elkins

Elkins Enterprises